Metacognition refers to thinking about our own thinking. It has assumed a prominent role in social judgment because our thoughts about our thoughts can magnify, attenuate, or even reverse the impact of primary cognition. Metacognitive thoughts can also produce changes in thought, feeling, and behavior, and thus are critical for a complete understanding of human social behavior.

The present volume presents the most important and advanced research areas in social psychology where the role of metacognition has been studied. Specifically, the chapters of this book are organized into four substantive content areas: Attitudes and Decision Making, Self and Identity, Experiential, and Interpersonal. Each section consists in several chapters summarizing much of the work done in recent decades on critical topics, such as attitude strength, persuasion, bias correction, self-regulation, subjective feelings, embodiment, and prejudice, among others. This book also emphasizes interpersonal aspects of metacognition as they play an essential role in close relationships, groups, consumer and clinical interactions. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field, and presents a state-of-the-art view of the many ways metacognition has been examined by social psychologists.

chapter 1|18 pages

Social Metacognition

Thinking About Thinking in Social Psychology

part 1|81 pages

Attitudes and Decision Making

chapter 3|19 pages

Dimensions of Metacognitive Judgment

Implications for Attitude Change

chapter 4|18 pages

Confidence Considered

Assessing the Quality of Decisions and Performance

part 3|64 pages

Experiential Metacognition

chapter 10|20 pages

The Experience of Thinking

Metacognitive Ease, Fluency, and Context

chapter 12|22 pages

Embodied Validation

Our Bodies Can Change and Also Validate Our Thoughts